Sunday, March 10, 2013

Literary Evolution

I found out that today was Dr. Seusss's brthday and also National Read Across America Day.  I decided to look up on Dr. Seuss online and found myself transported to Seussville  It may be the coolest website I've ever seen and it just makes me happy.  Kind of the way I felt the first time I saw the Beatle's cartoon movie "Yellow Submarine."  I've been thinking about that movie lately because I feel as though the Beatles have finally arrived in Pepperland to convert the Blue Meanies right about now.  Maybe it's just that I enjoy the sheer silliness that seems to be needed to convey the idea that, "it's all good, Yo."

Dr. Seuss will always hold a sacred place in my heart because his book, "Ten Apples Up On Top" was the first book I ever read.  I remember that I had been practicing with sounding out words out, but I just opened up that book and read the whole thing through. I was so excited. I could read!
These days I have a lot of trouble focusing enough to read much of a book.  Maybe it's the meds or my sketchy psyche, but I do almost all my reading online.  The problem I'm having is that I can no longer understand most people under the age of about 25.  I'm trying to study messaging code like a new language.  I don't mind that - it's an intriguing challenge as I like to study languages (except maybe math, which always alluded me, but in all fairness I haven't checked in about it lately).

So, as a writer I'm interested in the fact that many people can't read at all, which I have only grapsed a bit by being faced with circumstances in which something mattered and I didn't speak the language.  And also, that a generation is emerging with a new sort of shothand dialect of language.  What will our communications look like in another 10 years?  I think I'm getting old enough to see how youth inspires change in our culture, but I don't think I'll ever be too old to enjoy goofy commentary with an inspirational message.  So, now I'm ROTFL but that still all started with Dr. Seuss.

1 comment:

  1. It's interesting to see how language is evolving to mimic quick cuts and sound bites in media...